Simone Saunders Makes Portraits From Hand Tufted Patches Of Color

An artist named Simone Saunders is speaking up for the right to life and liberty of black people. She uses her tufting skills to bring out colorful portraits. The fabric portraits present the on-ground reality through patches. Lips, eyes and world-famous black figures float around on the tufted fabric to add to the raging winds of “Black Lives Matter”.


Justice movements have continued to rock our social and cultural life for years. But this time the winds are back on the ground hovering with unprecedented power. People from all walks of life are taking on the streets with their creative ways fanning the fire of righteousness. Contributing her share in the battle for rights, an artist named Simone Saunders has come up with an array of fabric portraits.

With cities smoldering, Simone has turned up on the scene with her artistic powers. Taking stock of the burning situation, she has gone ahead to weave her high running emotions and thoughts in her art pieces. She went around using her hand tufting skills to help her fabric canvass evolve into the platform for artistic protest. Pulling out the strands in an ordered way, the artist ended up imbuing the gloomy facets of the social sphere rotting with rampant racism.

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Black artists are necessary. We lift our voices and sing. We bring pen to paper and write. We bring our tools to the matrix and create. @aliciakeys is a visionary and someone I look up to (I know I'm not alone!). The lyrics Alicia Keys wrote for "Perfect Way to Die" are haunting… piercingly poignant. Let's never stop fighting for justice and continue to lift one another up. 🎶 "Simple walk to the corner store Mama never thought she would be gettin' a call from the coroner Said her son's been gunned down, been gunned down "Can you come now?" Tears in her eyes, "Can you calm down? Please, ma'am, can you calm down?" But it rained fire in the city that day, they say A river of blood in the streets No love in the streets And then came silence in the city that day, they say Just another one gone And they tell her move on And she's stuck there, singing "Baby, don't you close your eyes 'Cause this could be our final time And you know I'm horrible at saying goodbye And I think of all you could have done At least you'll stay forever young I guess you picked the perfect way to die Oh, I guess you picked the perfect way to die" . . . New work🎹 "Keys". 2020. Hand-tufted textile. @simoneelizabethtextiles #aliciakeys #perfectwaytodie #thisgirlisonfire #blackwomanhood #blackgirlmagic #standup #enoughisenough #blackbodybeautiful #blacklivesareNECESSARY #blacklove #blacklivesmatter #aliciakeysfans #pandemicart #socialjusticeart #createeveryday #simoneelizabethtextiles #blackartists #simonesaunders #fibreartist #fibreart #textileartist #tufttheworld #textiledesign #tufted #punchneedle #BETAwards #paintingwiththreads @betawards

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She let her thoughts float on the fabric screens in the form of lips, ears and eyes coming together to press on the caveat bells. Bringing out the paramount contribution of the quelled black lives in shaping the modern liberal world, she went ahead to represent celebrated black figures, who aced in various spheres of life.

The intense backgrounds glisten at the back of her subjects. They reflect on the unsung mundane battles raging in the dingy alleys to win the scales of universal equality. The vibrant hues infused in the perturbing scenes signals at the ray of hope emerging on the other end of the horizon. The theme- “Black Lives Matter” adorns the idea of totalitarianism. It hangs at the top of the subjects to underline the intentions of the artist.

“Black Lives Matter II” (23 x 32 inches) represents a black soul standing against the “BLACK LIVES MATTER”. It throws light on the peaceful demonstrations illuminating our world, that has forgotten the values enshrined in the constitution of humanity. “It Matters” (2020) takes the narrative ahead by presenting another black soul on the scene wearing a mask. It brings out the current mutable grounds on which our world is trying to ensconce.

Taking on her way of artistic narration, she shared, “Textiles engage upon a search for belonging: studying the Black female body, personal identities, and a connection to Black history”. Adding to that, she said, “I create colorful portraits of Black people who are leaders within their respective disciplines: the arts, music, sports, advocacy. It’s important to carry forward their message and have their legacy move through different channels, like my textiles”.

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"Before the victory's won, some will be misunderstood and called bad names, dismissed as rabble rousers and agitators, but we shall overcome. We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. We shall overcome because Carlyle is right, "No lie can live forever." We shall overcome because William Cullen Bryant is right: "Truth crushed to earth will rise again." We shall overcome because James Russel Lowell is right:  Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne, yet that scaffold sways the future and behind the dim unknown standeth God within the shadows keeping watch above his own. We shall overcome because this Bible is right, "You shall reap what you sow" We shall overcome. Deep in my heart I do believe we shall overcome. -Martin Luther King, Jr. March 31, 1968 . . New work: June 2020 @simoneelizabethtextiles 26"x36" . . . #historyrepeatsitself #weshallovercome #blacklivesmatter #tuftinggun #paintingwiththread #blackartnow #mlk #justicenow #canadian #afromodern #socialjusticeart #textiledesign #textileartist #blackgirlmagic #simoneelizabethtextiles #handmaderug #woc  #simonesaunders #textileoftheday #wocartist #fiberart #fibreartist #punchneedle #rughooking #handtufted #afromodern #yarnlove #fibreartistofinstagram #blackexcellence #tufttheworld #tufting

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The dynamic scenario of black life also pops up on her canvas in a bewitching way. One can see her one of the fabric portraits bringing the cries for “Justice for Ahmaud” (2020) (23 x 31 inches) back to life. The soul, who lost his life battling against the inhumane ways, appears on the canvas looking straight in the eyes of the world demanding the right to life for his socially subjugated counterparts around the world.

The movement, striking the world in high spirits, is all up to ameliorate the thawing stature of humanity.